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Building Permits

Planning to construct or demolish? You must file a building permit application with the Building department. 

List for required documentation will change for each type of permit but at a minimum:

  • Township Approved site plan
  • Construction plans and other required plans (HVAC,EEDs, truss plans, etc.)

Other required documents may include one or more of the following:

  • Health Department permit
  • Conservation Authority permit
  • Water/Sewer Connection permit
  • MTO approval
  • Other documents as required

A list of other required forms to fill out can be found below:

Permit Application Fees

Required fees for building permits are listed in the Building By-law.  Invoices are created in Cloudpermit by the Building Inspector. 

View our Building Permit Requirements for a list of what you need to include with your application.

The Chief Building Official or the Building Inspector reviews permit plans to ensure that they meet the Ontario Building Code, Building By-law and other related by-laws and laws, and regulations for fire safety systems.

Permit Applications

The Township of Scugog is pleased to offer residents, builders, and the business community Cloudpermit - an online system to apply for and track your building permits. Please be patient while we make these improvements to serve you better. 

Step 1: Start creating a new application by clicking the button 'Create your first application'. Note: Make sure that you always remain on the Township of Scugog for location.

Step 2: Invite other necessary parties, such as the property owner or builder.

Step 3: Complete your application and upload all required documents.

Step 4: Verify, Sign and Submit for review.

Step 5: Once the completed application is received you will be invoiced and pay the fees either online or over-the-counter.

Step 6: Revise the application based on the feedback from the Township of Scugog.

Step 7: Watch for follow-up emails to make sure the process keeps going.

If you plan to build, renovate or demolish please apply for a building permit through Cloudpermit, online:

  1. Register
  2. Login with your email address
  3. Watch the Instructional video - How to Submit a Building Permit Application
  4. Read the Instructional Screenshots – ‘How to Submit a Building Permit Application’ through Cloudpermit 

Payment for Building Permits

You can pay for your building permit with a debit/credit card on Cloudpermit using Paymentus. Paymentus is a third-party service provider, which enables debit/credit card holders to make permit payments with Visa, Mastercard, and debit with a 2.5% service fee payable to Paymentus.

Two charges will appear on your card statement when you use the online payment option through Cloudpermit:

A principal payment amount (building permit fees), showing as a payment to the Township of Scugog

A service fee amount, showing as a payment to Paymentus-Service-Fee 

Please note that credit card payments are accepted for online payments only.  Credit card payments will not be accepted at the Municipal Office.

We understand that not everyone has access to or are well-versed in the online sphere, so traditional processes for paper applications and in-person payments will still be available at the Township Office should you prefer that method.  Please contact the Building Department at 905-985-7346 ext. 169 or

Typical projects that require a building permit include*:

  • Building any structure with an area of more than 15 m2(161 ft2) (O. Reg 451/22)
  • Constructing an addition to an existing structure, regardless of its size
  • Making interior alterations to non-residential units
  • Adding a bedroom to a residential unit
  • Converting a garage into living space
  • Converting a seasonal room into a room for use all-year-round
  • Building a new dwelling unit
  • Building a new fireplace or installing a woodstove
  • Making any structural changes or repairs
  • Making a new entrance or a new window opening
  • Building a deck
  • Adding new dormers
  • Enclosing a porch
  • Changing the use of s structure to one with of greater hazard (according to Ontario Building Code chart 2.4.1.A.)
  • Installing signs on building facades
  • Erecting free-standing signs
  • Installing or altering a plumbing system (water supply, drain, waste or vent)
  • Making alteration to install a water softener
  • Converting from a septic system to the municipal sewer or water system

* Please note that the list is not inclusive. Please contact the Building department if you have any questions.

Learn about accessory and temporary structures.

There are different types of building permit you can apply for, including:

  • Construction and demolition permits
  • Conditional permits
  • Sign permits
  • Pool enclosure permits (issued by the By-law department)
  • Retaining wall permits

The homeowner, contractor, engineer, architect, developer, commercial or industrial tenant or an agent for the property owner can apply for the building permit.   If you are not the owner, you must submit with the application to construct or demolish, the Owner Authorization Form.  Constructing a building without a permit may result in penalties including, fines and removal of the structure.

Your building permit fees depend on the type of building, residential or non-residential its size and in some cases, the value of the construction. Additional fees for development charges may also apply.

Here are some quick facts you need to know about building permits:

  • No person can construct or demolish a building without first obtaining a permit from the Chief Building Official
  • Structures less than 15 m2(161 ft2) do not require a permit (O. Reg 451/22)
  • Fees are assessed according to the type of building and its size or in some cases the value of construction
  • Additional fees for development charges may apply
  • Constructing a building without a permit may be subject to penalties including fines and removal

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181 Perry Street
PO Box 780
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7
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